Author Archives: Kevin Crouch

Personalizing Learning in Stages

Today I had the honor of spending the day with my friend Kathleen McClaskey and actually attending one of her workshops. I was able to make it to the Digital Education Show in Dubai to catch this one as she rarely makes it over to my neck of the woods. The day helped illustrate much […]

Innovation is Easier Than you Think

If not the hottest word to dominate educator speak these days, it certainly is in the top 5 and maybe even higher.  Innovation is something schools everywhere are feeling the pressure to do now more than ever.  In large,  diverse organisations like schools there is always plenty of innovation happening, but it’s not easy to […]

Trello for Organizations

When a friend of mine recommended Trello as a way to organize new features for our school’s app I was impressed. Dabbling, we extended it to managing our communications work and raised my eyebrows a hair. Little did I know you could pretty much manage everything (and I mean probably your whole complicated life) with […]

An Organization that Learns

If you could describe the optimal organization of any kind, what characteristics would stand out to you?  Is it its financial standing, its branding or its stated mission? At what height would you rank how it stays fluid, how it adapts to the forces that shape our society while staying true to its mission?  Any […]

Reflecting on Visible Learning

I had the opportunity today to hear directly from the Visible Learning group, notably Shaun Hawthorne, about how to best interpret and use the data presented in Hattie’s book. It is probably no secret to most educators these days what the areas with the biggest “effect size” are.  Its always good to have a refresher. […]

An Open Letter to Google: Classroom Needs a New Marketing Video

Dear Google, I haven’t even used Google Classroom yet, and already I am highly skeptical.  The video you released to hype your new classroom “solution”, which you tout as a way to “give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn” is an embarrassment.  Watching the video makes me wonder if anyone […]

5 Ways to Transform a School – and 5 Ways to Fail

If your school isn’t currently in the throws of significant change,  you should be worried.  Every school and educator that plans on being relevant a decade from now should really probably be having some tough conversations.  Even if you have figured out the what and why questions it can be daunting to figure out exactly how […]

I Used to Think…

Recently I was challenged to answer a key question about my work as an educator. It doesn’t seem like much of a challenge at first, but when I actually tried to do it I found it much more difficult. During his workshop titled Diamonds to Rockpiles at NESA, Douglas Reeves laid out very clearly the […]

Transform Learning with Great Questions

We often hear others describe 1-to-1 computing in schools as simply an access model.  We hear it rationalised as a way to give students access to information, to the vast riches of the World Wide Web while learning to deter its evils.  Why, then, are there so many examples out there of schools expecting 1-to-1 […]

Big Data

After attending a workshop on the Horizon Report at ISTE over the summer I woke up to the notion that one of the key trends rolling our way is Big Data.  I, like many of my colleagues, had fallen into the trap of believing several comfortable fallacies about data and schools. Schools are different than […]